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The Immigration Detention Risk Assessment
Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2014)
  • Robert Koulish, University of Maryland at College Park
This article represents the first comprehensive examination of risk assessment in immigration detention decision-making, and whether it reduces over-detention. It utilizes the first public view of ICE’s methodology: 485 risk assessment results from ICE databases from Baltimore in spring 2013 that the authors received through the Freedom of Information Act, and are empirically analyzing in a separate report. These “RCA Detailed Summary” samples contain detailed criminal and family history, RCA’s categorization of public safety and flight risk, and RCA recommendations and ICE supervisory decisions regarding detention or not. ICE guidance and training manuals, also received by the American Immigration Council through FOIA, complement this analysis. These materials help explain the limited public information regarding RCA outcomes and processes recently released by the DHS Inspector General. 
Publication Date
Fall October 22, 2014
Citation Information
Robert Koulish. "The Immigration Detention Risk Assessment" Georgetown Immigration Law Journal (2014)
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